Ragusano donkey


A large dark-coloured Ragusano behind a much smaller Asinara Donkey at Fieracavalli in Verona
Conservation status FAO: endangered[1]
Country of origin Italy
Distribution Province of Ragusa
  • transport
  • agricultural work
  • siring mules
  • milk
Height Male: 138 cm
  Female: 130 cm
MIPAAF Breed standard
Equus asinus

The Ragusano is a breed of donkey from the Mediterranean island of Sicily.[2] It is associated particularly with the comuni of Modica, Ragusa, Santa Croce Camerina and Scicli, all in the Province of Ragusa in southern Sicily.[3] It is one of the eight autochthonous donkey breeds of limited distribution recognised by the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, the Italian ministry of agriculture and forestry.[4] The Ragusano was listed as "endangered" by the FAO in 2007.[1]


  1. 1 2 Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed May 2014.
  2. Breed data sheet: Ragusano/Italy. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed September 2013.
  3. Daniele Bigi, Alessio Zanon (2008). Atlante delle razze autoctone: Bovini, equini, ovicaprini, suini allevati in Italia (in Italian). Milan: Edagricole. ISBN 9788850652594. p. 168–69
  4. Norme tecniche: Allegato 2 a D.M. 9742 del 7 maggio 2012 (in Italian). Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali. p. 22. Accessed September 2013.

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